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Gettysburg School notice of vacancy

The following school board positions will become vacant due to the expiration of the present terms of office of the following school board members:
Kimberly Schweiss – 2 year term
Matthew Cronin – 3 year term
Kevin Geditz – 3 year term
Circulation of nominating petitions may begin on January 29, 2016 and petitions may be filed in the office of the business manager located at Gettysburg School, 100 E King Ave, Gettysburg SD between the hours of 8AM and 4:30 PM CST not later than February 26, 2016 at 5:00 PM CST or mailed by registered mail not later than February 26, 2016 at 5PM CST.
Barbara Everson, Business Manager
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School board positions up for election

Three positions on the Gettysburg School Board are up for election this year.
Terms will expire for Kimberly Schweiss, who holds a two year term on the board, and for Matt Cronin and Kevin Geditz, who currently hold three year terms.
Nominating petitions may be circulated beginning Friday, Jan. 29, and must be filed in the business manager’s office by Friday, Feb. 26.
Other board members not up for election are Brian Robbennolt, Mark Schatz, Paul Kellogg, and Kenny Goebel. The election will be held in April.
For additional information contact Barb Everson at the school business office.
The school board elections are held at large in the Gettysburg School District.
-Molly McRoberts

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Harer estate rep named

File Number
also known as DARREL F. HARER,    )
Deceased……………………………..    )
Notice is given that on January 14, 2016, Norma Mabel Harer, whose address is 31429 151st Street, Hoven, SD 574520 was appointed as personal representative of the estate of Darrel Harer, also known as Darrel F. Harer, Deceased.
Creditors of decedent must file their claims within four months after the date of the first publication of this notice or their claims may be barred.
Claims may be filed with the personal representative or may be filed with the clerk, and a copy of the claim mailed to the personal representative.
/s/ Norma Mabel Harer
Personal Representative
31429 151st Street
Hoven, SD 57450
(605) 948-2474

Houck Law Office
P.O. Box 203
Gettysburg, SD  57442-0203
(605) 765 2858

Kathie Westphal
Clerk of Courts
201 S. Exene St.
Gettysburg, SD 57442
(605) 765 9472
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Chamber of Commerce award presentations and community party Friday, Jan. 29

Everyone is invited to a social hour community party hosted by the Gettysburg Chamber of Commerce. The event will be held on Friday night, Jan. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Legion Building.
The free program is set up as a mix and mingle social hour for the community, with complimentary hors d’oeuvres courtesy of the Chamber. A cash bar will be open for beverages.
The theme is to celebrate the community, and also gives the Chamber an opportunity to honor the Citizen of the Year, along with the Business and Organization of the Year.
Booths will be set up by various community organizations to provide information for guests to learn more about what the different groups do and how to join. Presentations will be made and door prizes will be drawn throughout the evening.
If your business has items to donate for door prizes, contact Chamber officers Aimee Burmester, Brandi Valentz, Philip Nagel, or Bobby Jenner.
Make plans to attend the Comm-YOU-nity Party hosted by the Chamber on Friday, Jan. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Legion Building.
-Molly McRoberts

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Melody Hepper

Photo G16-02 (Melody Hepper)crMelody Hepper, 55 of Gettysburg, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital, Aberdeen, with her family by her side.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 23 at the United Methodist Church, Gettysburg with Pastor Jeff Adel presiding. Burial will take place in the spring at the Gettysburg Cemetery. A prayer service will be 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22 at the church with visitation one hour prior.
Melody Ann Maus was born Nov. 4, 1960 to John W. and Shirley (Nolan) Maus in Britton, SD. She spent her early years on the family farm near Havana, ND, and by travelling the world. Before her death, Melody had visited 49 states and 10 different countries.
Melody attended school in Britton, SD, where she enjoyed playing the flute, working as a CNA at the Britton manor, spending time after classes with her beloved grandmother, Effie Maus, and creating wonderful memories and unintentional (?) mischief with her faithful sidekick and sister, Sherry.
After graduating from Britton High School in 1979, Melody attended Northern State University in Aberdeen before she met and married the love of her life, Michael Hepper, on Dec. 5, 1981.  Mike and Melody spent their early life near the family farm in Tolstoy, before moving to Gettysburg in 1989.  They were blessed with four children: Jessica, Adam Michael, Megan, and Amanda.
Melody enjoyed taking care of others, and dedicated her life to doing just that. In addition to raising her family, Melody helped Mike on the farm and with his work as custodian at the Tolstoy school. She also worked as a nurse’s aide at the Gettysburg Oahe Manor, a med aide in Assisted Living, a Home Health Care aide, and as an activity aide at the Oahe Manor.  Melody was with the Oahe Manor in Gettysburg for over 17 years before her illness forced her to stop working.
In her free time, Melody enjoyed visiting with friends and family, doing crafts, planting flowers, gardening, reading, finding the perfect pieces for her extensive angel collection, and making memories with her husband, grandchildren, children, and their husbands.  Her yard was beautiful year round, with gorgeous and well-tended flowers in the spring, summer, and fall, and beautiful lights and Christmas magic in the winters. Melody was well known for her knitting, crocheting, and embroidery skills. She enjoyed using her talent by making many costumes, outfits, and accessories for her children as they grew, and by making keepsakes for her grandchildren. Some of those keepsakes included Barbie outfits, scarves, and trick or treat bags. She even made a stuffed 5 foot long crocheted snake for her grandson, Jeffrey, which was a big deal because we all know that Melody hated snakes!
She enjoyed playing games and also making up her own, which the residents and staff at the Oahe Manor should remember well.  She shared her love of games and creativity with her grandchildren, and especially with her grandson, Nathan. The two spent many hours together playing and enjoying each other’s company, and because of her, he plays a mean game of Go Fish!  With her granddaughters, Brooke and Aliya, Melody shared her love of baking, art, and finger nail polish. There was rarely a day that manicures were not done when Melody’s favorite girls visited!
Melody and her memories are survived by her husband of 34 years, Mike Hepper; three daughters and the sons she never thought she would have: Jessica (Joe) Hall of Vermillion, Megan (Dustin) Lower of Lebanon, and Amanda Hepper of Gettysburg;  four grandchildren: Nathan Van Bockel, Jeffrey Hall, Brooke and Aliya Lower; mother and step-father, Shirley and Stan Schaible of Eureka; father and step-mother, John W. and Betty Maus of Fallbrook, CA; sister, Sherry (Pat) Powers of Burnsville, MN, and several beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and friends (you know who you are).
Melody is preceded in death by her stillborn son, Adam Hepper, and her paternal and maternal grandparents.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Gettysburg United Methodist Church.
Luce Funeral Home of Gettysburg has been entrusted with Melody’s arrangements. (

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Construction work at News office

Construction work is getting underway on the entry of the Potter County News this week.
While we will do our best to keep the congestion to a minimum, we ask our customers to be patient during the work. New doors will be installed and some floor work will be done in the entryway space.
Our hope is that it will not conflict with our newspaper delivery days, but if it does, watch for signs in front of the building for directions.
Our goal is to make a safe and comfortable entryway, and keep the news coming to you while the work is being done.
-Molly McRoberts

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Board of Education held regular meeting Jan. 13

Untitled-1January 13, 2016
The Gettysburg Board of Education held their regular meeting on the above date in the conference room. Present were the following: Matt Cronin, Brian Robbennolt, Kevin Geditz, Kenny Goebel, Paul Kellogg, and Mark Schatz. Absent: Kim Schweiss. Also present were Tim Hagedorn, Wendy Smith and Barb Everson.
The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Board President Cronin called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.
Motion by Schatz, second by Kellogg to approve the agenda with the following changes: delete EMTS’s, add snow removal, resignation, Election, Minimum wage adjustment, Library policies, and Executive session for student, SDCL 1-25-2-2. All present voted aye. Motion carried.
Motion by Geditz, second by Schatz to approve the following consent agenda: approve the minutes of the 12-14-15 regular school board meeting; approve the financial reports; approve the 1-8-16 and 1-11-16 claims, holding the Hauff Mid-America Sports bill until the mat corrections are complete. All present voted aye. Motion carried.
BMS, INC. $5.00 Custodial supplies; CENTRAL DISTRIBUTION 456.36 Custodial supplies; CITY OF GETTYSBURG 346.97 Water; COMMTECH 34.95 Keys for sound system; DAKOTA FARM & RANCH SUPPLY 116.34 Ag/custodial supplies;
ELAN FINANCIAL SERVICES (113.46) Elem reader credit/Elem/HS/Cust supplies; ELITE BUSINESS SYSTEMS INC. 782.90 Printer/Copier supplies; G’BURG SCH LUNCH FUND 450.08 Dec 2nds pd by board;
G’BURG SCHOOL/DISTRICT REFUND 1,516.52, DCI 173.00 Background cks on D.Lenz, A.Lake, C.Geditz, T.Cronin, NORTH AREA HONOR BAND 60.00 Registration, LYMAN WRESTLING 30.00 Wrestling Entry Fee,
STANLEY CO HS 75.00 Entry Fee, ERIC BOOTH 140.40 GBB Official/Mileage, BRET SETHER 90.00 GBB Official, LOUIE YOUNG 90.00 GBB Official, SDMEA 18.00 MSAS Band Auditions, KRIS FRERICKS 174.00 BBB Official/mileage,
STEVE MARKLEY 90.00 BBB Official, CLAYTON RANDALL 142.08 BBB Official, QUINT GARNOS 209.04 BB Official/mileage, ERIC BOOTH 120.00 BB Official, KYLE RAUSCH 120.00 BB Official, GHS T&A FUND -15.00 NSF CK fee
GAS’N GOODIES 1,109.05 AD supplies/Vehicle gas; HARMON LAW OFFICE PROF. LLC 140.00 Legal Fees; HUGH O’BRIAN YOUTH LEADERSHIP 195.00 Registration fee; J.W. PEPPER & SON INC 738.76 Vocal Music; JAYMAR 110.25 Fiscal Year end forms;
LANGER’S FAMILY FOODS 654.89 FACS/Elem/HS/AG suppli; M-F ATHLETIC COMPANY INC 771.34 Track/Ad supplies; MID-AMERICAN RESEARCH CHEM COR 7,473.95 Custodial supplies; MIDWAY PARTS INC 98.46 Fuel Conditioner for bus; MONTANA DAKOTA UTILITIES 6,207.81 Electricity/Gas;
OAHE AREA YOUTH CENTER 1,000.00 City Aud rentJan-Mar; PETTY CASH 75.80 Postage; POTTER COUNTY NEWS 258.67 Subscription/Printing; QUALITY INN & SUITES 144.00 Lodging State VB; QUIETT, MARY 22.94 Library supplies; SCHLACHTER LUMBER 88.98 Custodial/Ag supplies; SCHLACHTER, MICHAEL 40.00 Reimb vehicle gas;
SCHOOL SPECIALTY INC 96.01 Office supplies; SDHSAA 75.00 GBB coach penalty; SERVALL UNIFORM/LINEN COMPANY 146.40 Custodial svcs; SORUM, CAYLEE 50.00 Reimb for One-Act supplies; SUPER 8 MOTEL 259.92 Lodging North Area Honor Band; TRUE VALUE HARDWARE 119.92 Cust/Ag supplies; VENTURE COMMUNICATIONS INC 237.08 Communications; ZUBER REFRIGERATION & HEATING 263.31 263.31 Walk-in cooler rpr.
ELAN FINANCIAL SERVICES $2,476.97 Salad Bar for lunchroom – pd by Maas Foundation; ELITE BUSINESS SYSTEMS INC. 441.14 Printer/Copier leases; HAUFF MID-AMERICA SPORTS 12,496.85 Wall mats for new gym; QUIETT, MARY 258.30 Reimb library books.
ELAN FINANCIAL SERVICES $747.93 Sped materials; VENTURE COMMUNICATIONS INC 2.84 Communications.
CBM FOOD SERVICE $10,333.52 Dec Purchase services; VENTURE COMMUNICATIONS INC 0.25 Communications.
GENERAL FUND $121,534.10 Salaries/Ins/Retirement; SPED FUND 20,833.38 Salaries/Ins/Retirement; LUNCH FUND 406.94 Salaries/Ins/Retirement; DRIVER’ED/AFTERSCHOOL 1,209.65 Salaries/Ins/Retirement
Mr. Hagedorn reported on the Focus School and that he is working on the budget process. There will be a 2PM release on January 19th for a meeting. He discussed the testing process. The board requested that the state representative attend the next school board meeting and report on the process and stated that this is a number one priority for the school.
The Facility Use agreement and security plan were discussed. Administration was instructed to have the meetings with the staff, and present a plan at the next board meeting. Mrs. Wendy Smith presented a quote for 2 new doors in the Elementary building.
Business Manager Everson reported that there will be three school board positions up this year—Kim Schweiss’s for a 2 year term and Matt Cronin and Kevin Geditz’s for 3 year terms. Motion by Robbennolt, second by Geditz to set April 12, 2016 as the date for the school board election. All present voted aye. Motion carried.
Russell from the city maintenance department spoke to Mark Schatz regarding the placement of snow. Mr. Hagedorn will talk to Kevin Logan who is doing the school’s snow removal if it needs to be removed.
Motion by Kellogg, second by Schatz to accept the resignation of Delores Wickersham as library assistant at the end of the school year. All present voted aye. Motion carried.
Motion by Goebel, second by Geditz to adjourn to Executive Session for Student, SDCL 1-12-2-2 at 7:55 PM. All present voted aye. Motion carried.
Board President Cronin declared the Board out of Executive Session at 8:10 PM.
Motion by Kellogg, second by Goebel to adjourn to Executive Session for Legal, SDCL 1-25-2-3 at 8:11 PM. All present voted aye. Motion carried.
Board President Cronin declared the Board out of Executive Session at 8:25 PM.
Robbennolt discussed the school construction project and stated considerable progress on the punch list was done. The wall mats were replaced, with one remaining small issue. Negotiation on the floors is continuing.
The Library policies were discussed. It is requested that Librarian Mary Quiett attend the next meeting to discuss this with the board.
Motion by Robbennolt, second by Schatz to approve the JHGBB co-coaching contracts for Denora Lenz for $835.63 and Vern Smith for $929.29. All present voted aye. Motion carried.
Mr. Hagedorn discussed the Open House. He was instructed to bring back a proposal to the next meeting.
Motion by Schatz, second by Kellogg to approve the contract for $200 yearly to Xtreme Fire Protection for sprinkler testing. All present voted aye. Motion carried.
Motion by Robbennolt, second by Geditz to adjourn to Executive Session for Personnel, SDCL 1-25-2-1 at 8:48 PM. All present voted aye. Motion carried.
Board President Cronin declared the Board out of Executive Session at 9:45 PM.
Motion by Schatz, second by Goebel to approve the minimum wage adjustment for the layover bus driver time to $8.55/hour. All present voted aye. Motion carried.
Mrs. Wendy Smith reported on past and upcoming activities. The CHIPS program was at the school today.
Mr. Hagedorn discussed transportation and vehicle issues. He will email staff along with coaches to make sure they are putting gas with ethanol in the gas vehicles. The Maas Foundation will be making their payment early. He also discussed legislative issues and the upcoming legislative session.
The next meeting will be February 10, 2016 at 7 PM.
Motion by Schatz, second by Kellogg to adjourn the meeting at 10:17 PM. All present voted aye. Motion carried.
Barbara Everson, Business Manager
Matthew Cronin, Board President
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District FCCLA officers…

fccla officersIMG_1451Sasha Cordell (Todd and Amy), left, was chosen as the district Junior High Representative, and Peyton Drew (Deryk Drew and Sheri Drew) was chosen as the District 8 President to represent South Dakota as an officer on the state FCCLA Executive Council. He will travel to the National Meeting in Sand Diego, CA in July. The honors were presented during the District 8 meeting in Selby on Monday. They are pictured with the Gettysburg FCCLA adviser Mrs. Amber Mikkelsen. Everyone from GHS who competed during the meeting advanced to the state competition in Sioux Fall in April.

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Fingerprinting is fun…

chip babyIMG_3928bThree-month-old Amelia was all smiles while her mother, Harley Flad helped get her fingerprints during the SD CHIPs event at the school last week. Amelia was one of 139 children between the ages of birth and 18 who participated in the child identification event organized by the Gettysburg Masons. The young people were given identification packets for their parents to have on hand in the event of an emergency. Fingerprinting was just one aspect of the ID program, which also took photos, voice samples, dental impressions, and DNA swabs. Many volunteers were on hand to help with the event, which was made possible through donations made by the Maas Foundation, Gettysburg Rotary Club, Great Western Bank, Plains Commerce Bank, Northern Plains Coop, and Avera Gettysburg Hospital so there was no charge for any of the children to participate. Also pictured is Amelia’s big brother, Jude. The Mason’s Child ID program was in Hoven the previous day where 84 children participated.

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Preliminary public notification

USDA Rural Development has received an application from Home Federal Savings Bank for a Guaranteed Business & Industry Program Loan and Guaranteed Reap Loan to Ring-Neck Energy and Feed LLC, who is intending to finance a 70 mgy ethanol production facility employing approximately 40 production and management personnel.  Further information on Ring-Neck Energy and Feed LLC may be found on their web site, at:
The facility will be located entirely within a 42.5 acre tract of land described as the E½NE¼ lying east of the railroad right of way of Section 14, Township 114 North, Range 77, West of the 5th Prime Meridian, Sully County, South Dakota and a one acre tract of land described as the NE¼ SE¼ lying east of the railroad right of way of Section 14, Township 114 North, Range 77, West of the 5th Prime Meridian, Sully County, South Dakota.
It has been determined that development of this ag zone a site will not significantly and adversely impact the area’s land and water resources nor unnecessarily encroach upon cultural resources or the natural environment.
Ring-Neck Energy and Feed LLC will be required to meet all applicable air and water quality permitting and ethanol production requirements.  Rural Development has assessed the potential environmental impacts of this proposed action and determined that it will not significantly affect the quality of the environment. An environmental impact statement will not be prepared.
Written comments regarding this determination should be provided within thirty (30) days of this publication, to:  USDA Rural Development, 400 Fourth St SW, Room 210 Federal Building, Huron, SD, 57350.  The agency will not make further decisions regarding this action during the thirty day period.  Requests to review the environmental assessment upon which this determination is based, or to receive a copy of it, should be directed to this same address.
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